NEW YORK, April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is proud to announce that Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has partnered with the NKF Golf Classic to become the title sponsor of the prestigious 30+ event series culminating at the Pebble Beach Resorts - now named the NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic. It is The Premiere Amateur Golf Event for Charity™, raising more than $3.5 million each year and exceeding $100 million to date to promote kidney health and accelerate change for the 26 million Americans who have kidney disease.
NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic events are held at some of the most prestigious venues in major cities across the country and serve as a grassroots complement to Konica Minolta's already-extensive golf and sports sponsorships in the U.S., which include the PGA Tour, and strategic MLB, NBA, MLS and NHL teams. The NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic partnership provides Konica Minolta with additional opportunities to partner with its customers and dealers across the U.S., while also supporting its corporate social responsibility, charity, community, and health/wellness objectives.
"Joining with Konica Minolta for this signature series is an ideal way to continue to pursue our shared goals," said Kevin Longino, National Kidney Foundation CEO and a kidney transplant recipient. "We look forward to combining our resources to increase support for and awareness of kidney disease."
Konica Minolta has a genuine passion for NKF's work, as the company's President and CEO, Rick Taylor, is a kidney cancer survivor. "I'm excited to partner with an organization whose mission is very personal to me," said Taylor. "Tournaments like these help benefit those who need it the most. Together we're helping to make a difference and working for a great cause."
Successful since it was founded in 1987, the NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic features 30+ tournaments across the U.S. each year from March to December. Top venues include Westchester Country Club, Firestone Country Club, Boston Golf Club and East Lake Golf Club. The series culminates at the NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic National Finals at Pebble Beach, January 18-21, 2018, with top finishing teams from each local event invited to compete in a 54-hole national championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Links at Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. For more information about the NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic, or to find an upcoming event near you, please visit www.NKFKonicaMinoltaGolfClassic.com
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com). With our comprehensive portfolio, we deliver solutions to leverage mobility, cloud services, and optimize business processes with workflow automation. Our All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, and network security solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 10 consecutive years and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2016 America's Best Employers list. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for five years in a row. We partner with our customers to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter@KonicaMinoltaUS.
Kidney Disease Facts
1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. 26 million American adults have kidney disease—and most aren't aware of it. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and age 60+. People of African American; Hispanic; Native American; Asian; or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are 3 ½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1 ½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about the NKF visit www.kidney.org.
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SOURCE National Kidney Foundation